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Alex Kremer 11-15-20 // The Model for the Church; Acts 2:42-47

Scripture reveals many things about the character and nature of God.  Among these, He is described as the creator, the sustainer and the restorer.  God is still active in the world today, creating new life, seen in every child's birth.  As the sustainer of his creation, Colossians tells us, "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (1:17)"  And God is still active in restoring a fallen world to Himself through the work of Christ.

In this last element, restoration, the Lord uses the Church, for the Church is God's work in the world to preach the Gospel; to reach lost souls in the twin ministries of restoration and reconciliation.

In Acts 2, we witnessed the birth and explosive growth of the Church on Pentecost.  Now, as we close out this chapter, we see a model of what the Church is called to be.  This is seen in terms of its

  1. Spiritual Duties
  2. Spiritual Character
  3. Spiritual Impact

In the time of COVID, when many churches are forced to shut down, or move to other means of meeting, this passage becomes even more relevant than ever in recent history.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 11-01-20 // What Must We Do? Acts 2:37-41

Peter has finished his first sermon on the day of Pentecost.  To the Jews gathered in Jerusalem, he laid out before them the truth regarding Jesus Christ.  First, that in Jesus Christ they were witnesses to fulfilled prophecy.  Second, even though He was the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, they killed Him.  Finally, all this was according to the predetermined will of God, but they bore the guilt of handing Him over to sinful men to be executed; but vindicated by the Father through the resurrection.

Now faced with this reality, the Jews are cut to the core.  Realizing their sin, they asked the key question, "What must we do?"  This is the question posed to all humanity.  In the face of our sin, and in the presence of a Holy God, what must we do?

As you listen to today's lesson, may you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word.  May you know and experience the grace of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

Thank you for listening.

Alex Kremer 10-11-20 // Peter’s First Sermon; God’s Sovereign Plan and Man’s Responsibility; Acts 2:22-36

As we continue through Peter's first sermon, we move from the the cross as fulfillment of prophecy to God's sovereign plan.

The Jews, especially at the time of Christ, were a people with high messianic hopes, but no Messiah.  Put as Peter preaches his first sermon, he makes it clear that Jesus Christ was indeed the long awaited for Messiah; and the Jews put him to death.

But counter to the Jewish beliefs regarding Messiah, Peter makes it clear, it was God's predetermined, sovereign will that Messiah would suffer and die at the hands of sinful men.  And herein lies the apparent paradox; man's responsibility in the context of God's sovereign will.  This apparent problem is at the core of many theological debates.  If this is God's plan, then how can man be held responsible for our actions?

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May God bless you through His Word.

Alex Kremer 10-04-20 // Peter’s First Sermon; Prophecy Fulfilled - Acts 2:14-21

Preaching has always occupied a central role in the church.  It is the God ordained method of building His church.  During Jesus' earthly ministry, His mission was to preach the Gospel (Mark 1).  And the first event in church history is Peter's preaching of his first sermon.

With the Jews gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost, Peter addresses the crowd.  First, he addresses the mockers whose claims the apostles were drunk as preposterous.  He then moves to the fact that God is revealing His plan.  And so, Peter looks to prophecy, specifically Joel's prophecy that in the last days, God would pour out His Spirit upon mankind.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  My the Lord bless you as you consider with us God's plan revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Alex Kremer // 10-08-2020 / Early Church History / Persecution

During Jesus' ministry on earth, He taught His disciples that they would face persecution for His name (Mark 10:29-30; Matthew 5:10).  The fact is that persecution is a fact of Christianity.  From the very foundation of the church, this persecution has taken many forms and come from many sources.

In today's session, we look at the persecution beginning with the Jewish persecution, but as recorded in the book of Acts, as well as the persecution that continued and is recorded in history outside the pages of Scripture.  We then move on to the persecution under the Roman empire.

And as grim as this topic is to consider, we also consider the fruit of persecution.  It is often said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.  Persecution led to the spread of the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.

Alex Kremer 09-24-2020 // Early Church History // The Jewish World; Hellenistic Judaism to the Apostolic Age

As Alexander the Great conquered the Mediterranean world and into the regions of modern day Iraq, Iran and India, he brought with him.  In today's session, we see how Greek culture influenced the culture and language of Judea.  By the time the church enters the scene, the primary translation of the Scriptures is the Septuagint; the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

We finish our session with an introduction into the Apostolic Age.

Thank you for listening.

Alex Kremer 09-17-2020 // Early Church History // The Jewish World; The Exile to the Roman Occupation

The church was born into a specific period in history, to a specific culture, location, language, etc.  In last week's session we looked at the impact of the Greek and Roman worlds on the birth of the church.

This week, we begin to look at the Jewish world, from the Babylonian Exile to the Roman occupation.  We will see the rise of such figures as the Herods in Palestine and how their reign paved the way for the Roman occupation of Palestine.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson. 

Alex Kremer 09-13-20 // Pentecost; The Birth of the Church and the Promised Fulfilled

In the opening chapter of the book of Acts, the Lord instructed the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem and to wait for what the Lord had promised, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5).  Now, gathered together in one place, the promise is fulfilled.  Just as Jesus was crucified publicly, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came in a dramatic, public fashion.  The result was a turning point in world history with the birth of the Church.  And the sames Spirit that was at work on the day of Pentecost, is the same Spirit at work in the church today.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 09-10-2020 // Early Church History // 02 Historical Backgrounds

"When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

Jesus Christ came into the world at a particular point in history, to a particular place in the world and born into a particular culture.  But none of this happened by chance but God sovereignly ordaining the time and place of His appearing.  Not only this, but the circumstances into which the Lord was born ensured that the Church would be born into circumstances that would help promote the spread of the Gospel.

Join us for the second lesson in early church history as we study the historical background of the church.  We will see how history prior to the appearing of Jesus Christ was truly preparation for His appearing.  And in doing so, we begin to see how history after His first coming paves the way for the diffusion of His Spirit throughout the world.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Lord bless you as you take this journey with us through the history of Jesus' Church.

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